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FLOWCast UNIT 5: The File Menu

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The File menu has the following seven options:

These functions will be explained in the remainder of this unit.

Open AFSolid Project

This function was originally used to select a project to run a flow simulation on. Since FLOWCast is now launched automatically, this function is no longer needed.

Open AFSolid Mesh

This function was originally used to choose which mesh you wanted to use for a flow simulation, if a given project contained more than one mesh. Since FLOWCast is now launched automatically from a mesh file, this function is now longer needed.

Save FLOWCast simulation

When FLOWCast is running normally, the system will automatically save data at prescribed intervals, which, by default, are at every 5% full. You can, at any time, however, stop the simulation and save the data to a file. When you select this option, you will see a Save As screen similar to this:

Simply type in a file name and click on Save. You can navigate to any folder you wish.

If no time step data has been created yet, you will see the following message:

This simply means that you are too early in the simulation process for any meaningful data to have been created.

If you try to save the data while the simulation is still running, you will see the following:

In order to save data manually, the flow simulation must be stopped. To stop the simulation, click on the stop sign icon on the toolbar. You will need to wait a few seconds for the system to organize its data before you can save it out to a file.

Load FLOWCast simulation

You may want to load existing time step data into FLOWCast. If you make this selection, you will see a window similar to this:

Simulation data is normally saved in a file called time_steps.bin. In most cases this file will be loaded if you are starting or continuing a flow simulation.

Save BMP Image

At any point, you may want to capture and save the screen image. This can be saved in either BMP or TIF format. If you select BMP format, you should see a window similar to this:

Type in a name for the file and click on the save button. You may wish to change the screen background from black to white before saving the image. This can be done from the Graphics Menu.

Save TIF Image

At any point, you may want to capture and save the screen image. This can be saved in either BMP or TIF format. If you select TIF format, you should see a window similar to this:

Type in a name for the file and click on the save button. You may wish to change the screen background from black to white before saving the image. This is done from the Graphics Menu.

 

Exit

Select this function to end a flow simulation and exit the FLOWCast program. The SOLIDCast window will be minimized, so click on the button on the toolbar to restore SOLIDCast.

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